Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mothers Who Murder: Unfashionable Truths

BOOK: Dr. Xanthe Mallet, Mothers Who Murder: And Infamous Miscarriages of Justice, 2014, Ebury Press (Random House Australia).

Mothers Who Murder paints a shocking picture of the cruelty (and evil as Mallett concluded) that women can inflict. To do so on their own flesh and blood is mystifying and perhaps, this is why the topic of mothers who kill their children will always be heavily covered by the media and disseminated by experts and pundits.



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Avelina Teodoro, 16-Year-Old Murderess Who Stabbed Her Schoolmate 37 Times – Philippines, 1929

FULL TEXT: Sixteen year old Avelina Teodoro, of San Fernando, self-confessed murderer of her classmate, Constancia Pineda, also 16 years old, broke down when the sentence sending her to prison for life was read to her. Last September, Constancia’s body was found on the grounds of the Arayat Elementary School, pierced with a score of knife wounds. 

After some difficulties in the tracing of the murderer, the fingerprints on the body and the blood stains on Avelina’s clothing and books point out to the author of the crime. At first, Avelina denied the crime, pointing to Hilario Lugtu as the murderer, but confronted with the clues discovered, she confessed to the crime

[from The Graphic (weekly magazine) (London, England), Dec. (date undetermined), 1929; posted online in: “Cuts Like A Knife: Avelina Teodoro, Pampanga's Young Murderess, 16,” Views From The Pampang (online), Jan. 5, 2016]


“It was inside the toilet of the school that Constancia’s body was found with 37 stab wounds on her body.”

Date of murder: September 19, 1929 or shortly thereafter.

For more details see: “Cuts Like A Knife: Avelina Teodoro, Pampanga's Young Murderess, 16,” Views From The Pampang (online), Jan. 5, 2016




More cases: Youthful Borgias: Girls Who Commit Murder


Monday, March 13, 2017

Velma Patterson, Suspected Texas Serial Killer - 1936

FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 4): Greenville, Texas. – Mrs. Velma Patterson, 34, of Commerce, was charged with murder Friday in the death of her 11-year-old daughter, Billie Fae McCausland.

The Hunt county grand jury returned the indictment Friday after Dr. Landon C. Moore, Dallas chemist, reported to District Attorney Henry Pharr that more than a lethal quantity of a poison was found in the child’s viscera.

Billie Fae’s body was exhumed from the little Pleasant Grove cemetery near Commerce Monday and the organs sent to Dallas on a magistrate’s orders and upon recommendation of a grand jury.

~ First Thought Flu

The indictment climaxed several days of investigation of the child’s death which occurred last January 7 at Commerce after a three-day illness. At that time, death was attributed to intestinal influenza.

Mrs. Patterson has been held in the Hunt county jail here since the investigation started. Deputy Sheriff V. L. Delaney said Friday afternoon that a search of the jail cell where she is confined had revealed a bottle of poison, a razor blade, and several letters in which she gave instructions for disposition of her body in the event of death, and also instructions for the care of a 15-year-old son.

Bill Patterson, husband of the accused woman, died several months ago.

~ Quick Trial Seen

District Attorney Pharr said Mrs. Patterson’s trial probably would be set for the present term of Eighth District Court.

The child’s body was exhumed from the quiet rural cemetery near commerce before a group of county officials headed by Pharr and Sheriff D. M. Newton, who brought the viscera to Dallas for examination.

[“11-Year-Old Tot Slain; Murder Charges Filed Against Mother In Greenville; Poison Is Discovered,” Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, Tx.), Mar. 21, 1936, p. 8]


FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 4): Greenville, April 30: — The latest love affair of Mrs. Velma Patterson, already hinted as a possible motive for the alleged poisoning of her little daughter, Dorothy, was mentioned again today as the state closed its murder case against the thrice-married brunette.

The prosecution wound up its case at 11.10 a. m. and Judge Charles Berry recessed court until afternoon, when the defense will begin its efforts to break down the circumstantial evidence presented against the woman.

In closing testimony, Fred Patterson of Commerce, brother of Mrs. Patterson’s third husband, Bill, said that after ‘the death of Dorothy McCasland, 12, Mrs. Patterson told him she was in love with Jimmy Wallace, Lone Oak cattleman.

Fred Patterson quoted the woman as saying she was “thinking of marrying him (Wallace).

“I wonder what my family would think about it?” the witness said Mrs. Patterson asked him.

Annie Cooper, maid in the Patterson home at Commerce, previously had revealed that Mrs. Patterson was “deeply in love” with Wallace and had said she “would marry him if it wasn’t for the children.”

~ Two Children Died.

At that time her two children; Dorothy and Billie Fae McCasland, were living. They died early this year and the state claims poison administered by the mother was responsible Fred Patterson said he visited his sister-in-law’s home several times from Jan. 4 to 17 and saw Wallace there “frequently; often before they ate breakfast.”

Bill Patterson, the woman’s third husband, died the latter part of last year. Previously she had married and divorced W. W. McCasland, the father of Dorothy and Billie Fae, and Bill Kelly.

McCasland told today how Billie Fae, who died last Jan. 7, struggled for breath and. In convulsions, begged him to take her where she could get fresh air. He said she died in his arms while he was holding her In his arms, after carrying her to a back porch.

“She died before I could get her back to the bedroom,” he testified.

“I went to Mrs. Patterson’s Sunday, Jan. 5, to see the children and Billle Fae was sick. She asked me never to leave her. She was cramping, begging for water and asking for a doctor.

“The next day I left to sell a load of wood and Mrs. Patterson asked me to stop In town and bring her groceries^ and a poison to kill rats. I returned and never stopped the motor truck, left the articles and went on.

~ Brother-in-law On Stand.

“The truck bogged down and I had to turn back. When I returned to the Pattersons, Billie Fae was terribly sick and died three hours later.”

Over defense protests, Judge Berry yesterday permitted the admission of testimony concerning Billie Fae’s death. Mrs. Patterson is on trial for the death of Dorothy, but also is under indictment for murder, In the death of Billie Fae, also allegedly a poison victim.

The defense attempted to get McCasland to admit he was drunk the day before Dorothy died and the day she was burled, but he denied being intoxicated. He also denied giving to Annie Cooper, maid in the Patterson home then, part of a bottle of whisky.

Mrs. W. M. Mattingly of Commerce, a nurse, testified she attended Dorothy Friday night, Feb. 14, before. the child died the following Monday.

“I saw no medicine on the place but Mrs. Patterson told me she had given medicine and would continued to do so,” Mrs. Mattingly said.

~ Testifies to Exhumation Order

The practical nurse said she left the next morning (Feb. 15) and didn’t return until the child died; then to “sit up with the corpse.”

Justice of the Peace J. A. wyatt of Hopkins county testified concerning entering an order in his inquest book for exhumation of the body of Billie Fae March 16.

The last witness before the state rested was Mrs. Fred Patterson, who testified:

“Velma told me she was crazy about Jimmy Wallace and they were going to get married if they could.”

Defense Attorney Harris didn’t reveal which witnesses ho would call first. It was considered likely Mrs. Patterson would testify near the end of the defense case.

Through it all Mrs. Patterson sat quietly, her face as expressionless as it had been all through presentation of the state’s case, except when her former maid, Annie Cooper, had created a sensation by revealing the defendant was in love with Jimmie Wallace, a cattleman, and allegedly said she “would marry him. if it wasn’t for the children.”

Then, as her purported love affair was unfolded in the words of the maid, Mrs. Patterson leaned forward, listening intently to every word.

[“State Rests Case In Murder Trial Of Greenville Woman – Latest Love Affair Of Mrs. Velma Patterson Is Mentioned Again,” Corsicana Daily Sun (Tx.), Apr. 30, 1936, p. 1]


FULL TEXT (Article 3 of 4): Greenville, Texas, May 3. – Mrs. Velma Patterson, 34-year-old brunettw widow, was acquitted by a district court jury today on a charge that she had killed her daughter, Dorothy MacCasland, 12, by poisoning. Mrs. Patterson, who is also charged with murder in the death of another daughter, Billie Fae McCausland, shouted with joy as the jury verdict was announced.

Her mother, Mrs. L. W. Williams, who was at her side, also was overcome with happiness. Mrs. Patterson ran to the jury box and shook hands with the jurors after the verdict was returned.

The jury of twelve farmers had deliberated since 4:55 p. m. yesterday. The verdict was brought in at 3 p. m.

Mrs. Patterson was returned to her cell in the Hunt county jail after receiving congratulations of friends and relatives. She was smiling and speaking animatedly in sharp contrast to her downcast demeanor of yesterday when District Attorney Henry Pharr wound up his arguments before the jury by demanding the death penalty. At that time she broke down completely and sobbed audibly.

~ Future Plans Unknown.

Pharr was out of the city and there was no indication from the state as to whether the other charge against Mrs. Patterson would be pressed. Her local attorney, H. L. Carpenter, expressed the opinion that it would not, but was not ready to say what efforts would be made to release her from jail pending a decision. Mrs. Patterson said she would insist that her attorneys attempt to obtain her release on bond tomorrow. She was confident she would be freed.

“I will insist that my attorneys make every effort to obtain my release on bond tomorrow,” she said. “When I get out I will take my son (Junior McCasland) and go to the home of my sister, Mrs. Clara Purcelle, in El Paso for a long rest.”

Mrs. Patterson bitterly referred to witnesses who testified against her.

“The jury gave me acquittal but it didn’t give me back what I wanted most – that’s my babies. I loved them and lived for them. I wanted to rear them and make something of them.”

~ Only Four Ballots.

The jury, it was reported, stood 7 to 5 for acquittal on three ballots and returned its verdict on the fourth.

Mrs. Patterson has been in jail here since the bodies of the two children, who died early this year, were disinterred from the quiet little Pleasant Grove cemetery near Commerce last month. Death certificates of both Billie Fae and Dorothy stated that they had died of intestinal influenza, but the state contended that poison had been fatal to both. To support this claim, Dr. Landon G. Moore of Dallas testified as a state witness that he had found poison in the viscera of both children. He examined the viscera after the bodies were exhumed on recommendation of the grand jury.

The defense countered with withesses who testified that deep devotion existed between the mother and the daughter she was accused of poisoning. Mrs. Williams testified that under Mrs. Patterson’s encouragement the child professed religion last summer, joined the church and attended Sunday school. Mrs. Joe Stone, Commerce beauty shop operator, said Mrs. Patterson’s treatment of Dorothy was that of “devotion and outstanding love.” Several other witnesses declared that the mother was kind and affectionate toward the child.

The state also had offered testimony that the comely, thrice-married Mrs. Patterson was in love with a cattleman and wanted to marry him “if it wasn’t for the children.” The defense answered that the mother loved her children and had cried “oh, I wish it had been me” when Dorothy died.”

[“Jury Decides East Texas Woman Not Guilty of Murder - Mrs. Velma Patterson Exonerated in Alleged Poison Death of Her 12-Year-Old Daughter; Plans to Seek Immediate Release From Greenville Jail and Go to El Paso for Long Rest,” The Shreveport Times (La.), May 4, 1936, p. 11]


FULL TEXT (Article 4 of 4): Greenville, Texas, Nov. 18 – Illness of the principal state witness caused postponement today of the second trial of Mrs. Velma Patterson. Attractive widow of Commerce, Texas, who is accused of poisoning her two small daughters so that they would not interfere with her proposed marriage.

Mrs. Patterson was scheduled to go on trial today on charges of giving arsenic to her 11-year-old daughter, Billie Fae McCasland. She acquitted May 3 on charges in connection until next term of court when Dr. Landon C. Moore, Dallas chemist who examined Billie Fae’s body, was sick and unable to come to Greenville.

[“Postpone Poison Trial Monday At Greenville, Texas,” The Shreveport Times (La.), Nov. 17, 1936, p. 18]

[“Jury Decides East Texas Woman Not Guilty of Murder - Mrs. Velma Patterson Exonerated in Alleged Poison Death of Her 12-Year-Old Daughter; Plans to Seek Immediate Release From Greenville Jail and Go to El Paso for Long Rest,” The Shreveport Times (La.), May 4, 1936, p. 11]


NOTE: No reports have been discovered of the second trial, for the murder of Billie Fae. Presumably the prosecution quit the case. No charges were brought for the death of her husband. Bill Patterson, and no reports of an exhumation of his remains have been located as of this writing.


Her acquittal still did not exonerate Patterson in the public’s eye. “Everyone thought Velma was guilty,” Conrad said. (Dr. James Conrad, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Archivist)

[Chance A. Crane, “Velma Patterson – Mommie Dearest or Mother Superior?” In My Head, Sep. 13, 2010]









Monday, March 6, 2017

Antonia Ramirez – Child Torturer – 1893, Mexico

Antonia Ramirez, who lived in Mexico City in Barrio de la Palma, near Puente del Blanquillo in Callejón del Blanguillo. Antonia heard about the 1892 case of Guadalupe Martinez de Bejarano, torturer and murder of children and felt an affinity for the serial killer. It was in 1893 that the woman decided to imitate the infamous sadist, “The Fearful Bejarano,” in her own peculiar fashion. Antonia had a goddaughter of six whom she was looking after while the child’s mother was ill. Every day Antonia punished the child on any pretext. She pulled the child’s her hair and stood holding her by the hair. She slapped and beat her with ropes. Finally one day Antonia Ramirez slapped her, hit her with a wet rope and then said he was going to teach her the fear of God. She then took a huge wooden cross that hung on the wall preserved and put the child up and literally crucified her.

A neighbor child, however, came to the house and saw the incredible scene of the crucified bleeding child from the doorway and ran off to fine a policeman. The officer arrived and unsure how to treat the injured child removed her, cross and all, to get medical help. Carrying the cross through the streets, he attracted a crowd who became incensed when they found out about the crime. Antonia had to be closely guarded lest the mob kill her on the spot. Antonio Ramirez, it is said spent the rest of her miserable life in prison.

[Robert St. Estephe, based on: “Antonia Ramirez: The New Bejarano,” Escrita con Sangre, Apr. 2010]


Other sources:
Augustín Sánchez González, Terribilísima : Historias de Crímenes y Horrores : en la Ciudad de México en el siglo XIX, Ediciones B México, 2006
Augustín Sánchez González, Un Dulce Sabor A Muerte : De La Bejarano a la Miss México un siglio de mujeres criminales, Editorial: Planeta, 2009
James Alex Garza, El Lado Oscuro Del Porfiriato: Sexo, crímenes y vicios en la Ciudad de México, Aguilar, 2009
El libro rojo, Continuacion, V. I: 1868-1928, Gerardo Villadelángel Viñas, 2008





For more cases, see: Women Who Like to Torture


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Martina Johnson, War Criminal - “Operation Octopus,” Liberia, 1992

Belgian police arrested Martina Johnson in Ghent on September 17, 2014. She is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the First Liberian Civil War (1989-1997). The arrest resulted from a 2012 complaint – which focused heavily on Operation Octopus – made against Johnson filed in Belgium by Liberian victims.

Included in these crimes specifically those which occurred on October 20 and 23 during the 120-day long “Operation Octopus”

Martina Johnson was identified as one of the leaders of Operation Octopus, launched on October 15, 1992 by the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) headed by ex-president Charles Ghankay Taylor, “a brutal battle for Liberia’s capital city, Monrovia, in 1992 that killed thousands and saw extensive rapes and looting by the NPFL’s Small Boys Unit.”

According to Barbie Latza Nadeau, of The Daily Beast, “The nuns were allegedly murdered under the sinister direction of Martina Johnson, one of Taylor’s only female artillery chiefs and a frontline commander who allegedly carried out many of his hits during Operation Octopus.”

Among the war crimes were the assassinations of five American nuns which took place October 20 and 23, 1992:

Oct. 20, 1992 – “Sister Barbara Muttra and Sister Mary Joel Kolmer were shot in their vehicles along with a Liberian colleague and two relief workers, apparently as part of the Operation’s agenda to rid Liberia of whites and those who worked with them.”

Oct. 23, 1992 – “fighters came to the convent where the remaining sisters lived and first attacked Sister Kathleen McGuire when she was summoned to unlock the gate by a killer identified as Mosquito, who shot her first and then shot the other two before mutilating their bodies with a machete.”

The bodies of the murdered nuns were only discovered a month later, after the fighting had lulled.

She is only the second person to be charged for crimes relating to the country’s two civil wars that spanned 14 years. In 2012 Charles Taylor, at the age of 64, was convicted some of the “most heinous and brutal crimes in human history” and sentenced to 50 years in prison.


EXCERPT: Massacre in Margibi – Summary Execution at Horton’s Farm, Kakata, Margibi County in October 1992: Martina Johnson, NPFL artillery commander ordered the execution of 23 persons arrested in Bong Mines as suspected fighters of ULIMO. Massacre at Firestone plantation, Margibi county on December 26, 1992: Joseph Zackor, alias “Gen. Zack”, Nixon Gayor, Francis Duanna and men assigned with them massacred 35 persons at the Firestone Plantations, division No. 31 while escaping the ULIMO incursion in Kakata. [Josephus M. Gray, “Let Justice Prevail In the Spirit of TRC Not Amnesty,” Front Page Africa, Oct. (?) 2015]


Patric Foryoh, “Belgium arrests Liberian ex-rebel commander,” The On Line Salone Report, Sep. 19, 2014.
Barbie Latza Nadeau, “Caught: Female Assassin Who Allegedly Murdered Five American Nuns,” The Daily Beast, Sep. 22, 2014.





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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ana María Ruíz Villeda & Rodolfo Infante Jímenez, Mexican Serial Killer Couple – 1991

Rodolfo Infante Jímenez (born 1963 in San Benito, Texas, United States) and Ana María Ruíz Villeda (born 1971 in San Luis Potosí, Mexico) beat, robbed, raped and murdered at least eight girls and young women between the ages of 15 to 23 from August through October 1991 in Matamoros area of Tamaulipas state, Mexico. They strangled the victims throwing their bodies into the Rio Grande or in irrigation ditches, and in one case was discarded close to the residence of the killers.

The couple lured their victims, who were mostly from rural areas, from downtown Matamoros with offers of a job at work at El Ebanito, a communal farm 10-20 miles from the city. Two of the girls an offer to assist with learning English and getting a U. S. work visa was offered.

The investigation was prompted when on the morning of October 16, 1991 Alma Lilia Rostro, 17, ran off from the farm after discovering the door had been left unlocked. She ran to matamoros and reported to police that her friend Marina Hernandez Lopez, 14, was missing. Josefina had seen one victim of beatings and repeated rapes, later found dead, and escaped the farm shack where she had been placed and went to the Matamoros police. The girl had been captive on the farm for ten days, always kept locked in a shack when the couple were not there to watch her, before her escape.

The killer couple was arrested on October 16, 1991. The pair confessed to all eight killings, but later they changed their story, each blaming the other. Ana depicted herself as a passive victim of a bullying boyfriend. Yet Alma Lilia described how, before she had the slightest suspecion about the couple, Anna had wrapped a sheet around her neck and started tightening it. At the time the girl wrote off this behavior as merely a peculiar sense of humor.

Each faced to 30-40 years in prison, the maximum allowable sentence in the state of Tamaulipas. At present, no news reports on the actual sentencing have been located.

It must be noted that there are various inconsistencies in the various available sources. The following detailed article with interviews with relatives seems to be the most reliable: Maggie Rivas, “Border nightmare: Couple held in 8 Matamoroas slayings blame each other,” The Arizona Daily Star (Phoenix, Az.), Oct. 20, 1991, p. C-2.

[Robert St. Estephe; Sep. 22, 2017]


Guillerimina Sanchez Galacia (or, Guillerimina Sanchez Morales),
Marina Hernandez Lopez,  14.
Cecilia Obispo
Orfelinda Juarez Castillo
Isabel Ventura
Rita Hernandez
Enriqueta Vega Rocha (cousin of survivor Alma Lilia Rostro)
Aug. 1991 – first body found, near El Sabibo; raped, beaten, strangled.
Aug. – 3 days later, 2nd body found, Rio Grande; raped, strangled.
Sep. – 3rd body found.
Oct. 12, 1991 – 4th body found; Orefelinda Castillo, robbed of equivalent of $13.30.
Oct. 16, 1991 – morning; Alma Lilia Rostro, 17, discovers discarded shoes, escapes, notifies Matamoros police.
Oct. 16, 1991 – body of Enriqueta Vega Rocha, cousin of Alma Lilia Rostro found; raped.
Oct. 16, 1991 – couple arrested; confess to eight murders (later retracted, and the couple then ascvcuse one another).
Oct. 19, 1991 – Guillerimina Sanchez Galacia (or, Guillerimina Sanchez Morales), body found.
Oct. 19, 1991 – Infante confesses to three of the murders.
Oct. 1991 – maximum possible sentence: 40 years in prison, for 8 counts of kidnapping plus 8 murders. Prosecutor Luis Ernesto Gracia Ramirez stated that the couple faced at least 30 years in prison if convicted of the homicides.

[Maggie Rivas (Knight-Ritter writer), “Couple charged with 8 murders,” Herald & Review (Decatur, Il.), Oct. 19, 1991, p. D-6]
[Maggie Rivas, “Border nightmare: Couple held in 8 Matamoroas slayings blame each other,” The Arizona Daily Star (Phoenix, Az.), Oct. 20, 1991, p. C-2]
 [Eduardo Montes, “Police: Couple Killed Girls Lured to Farm,” Associated Press, Oct. 17, 1991]
[“Matamoros Couple held in connection with 8 slayings,” The Galveston News Tx.), AP, Oct. 18, 1991, p. 3-A]
Newton, Michael (1993). Bad Girls Do It!: An Encyclopedia of Female Murderers. USA: Loompanics Unlimited, p. 174.

English spellings: Rodolfo Infante Jimenez, Ana Maria Ruiz Villeda.




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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lyudmila Spesivtseva, Cannibal Serial Killer Mom – Siberia, Russia 1996

Novokuznetsk, Siberia – Lyudmila Spesivtseva, an employee of a Soviet government school, was sentenced to life in prison (or 13 years according to some accounts) for luring teenage girls for the pleasure of her son, so that he could rape, torture and dismember them. Mom and son lived together. Lyudmila took the body parts of the girls she procured for her boy and in her kitchen whipped up some creative meals for the little household. Lyudmila was convicted for her part in four murders. The some was sentenced to death, but was found insane (and presumably is not to be executed).

Police discovered an apartment with walls covered with blood and in the kitchen bowls containing human body parts. In the bathtub they found a mutilated, headless body. One victim, Olga Galtseva, was still alive, though severely mutilated. Before she died in hospital 17 hours later, the girl gave her account of the tortures she to which was subjected to a prosecutor. Of the other three victims whose remains could be identified in the blood-drenched apartment of horrors, it was learned that the son had killed one girl and forced the other two girls to cut her into pieces in the bathtub. Another girl had been killed by the family pet, a Doberman. A diary was found that documented the murders of 19 girls. The pair were suspected in a total of at least 32 murders.

There is abundant information as well as many photos available for the son, Alexander "Sasha" Spesivtsev, 26 when arrested, but no photos of mom have been found by this reporter to date.

[Robert St. Estephe]


Lyudmila Spesivtseva (Russian: Людмила Спесивцева) – Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia.

Oct. 27, 1996 – Lyudmila Spesivtseva arrested.
2008 – Lyudmila released from prison.
Jun. 22, 2013 – tried to return to her apartment on Pioneer 53, where she was with her daughter, Nadezhda, who knew what her had been brother was doing.
Jun. 2016 – A social network group “Lynch Lyudmila Yakovlevna Spesivtseva,” is gaining popularity; founded beginning of June 2016. The creators of the community are closely watching the mother of a serial killer from Novokuznetsk, maniac cannibal Alexander Spesivtseva. The group members believe she did not pay adequately for her unspeakable crimes. Now she lives in one of the villages near the town of Osinniki, the lynch group reported.





For more cases see: Cannibal Murderesses


For similar cases, see Murder-Coaching Moms


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3/19/14, updated 2/14/17

Thursday, February 9, 2017

“Maria” (Filipino Hitwoman), Covert Government Executioner – Philippines, 2016

In August 2016 a married mother called by the pseudonym Maria by the press came forth and admitted to a BBC journalist on videotape that she was a contract assassin who had murdered six persons in Manila as a covert agent for President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drug cartels. She said she received orders and payments of £330 from a police officer. She was recruited into the killer-for-hire business by her husband, who is also a hired killer. She said she belonged to a team of three hitwomen.

Maria explained that female killers were especially “valued because they were able to get close to targets that men could not.” She confessed to a reporter that “If it was up to me, I really don't want to do it any longer. But my boss told us that if one of us tries to leave, we would be killed.”

On September 3rd Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos of the Philippine National Police issued an official statement that the story was unverified. “PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said during Thursday’s Senate hearing on the spate of “drug killings” that as of Aug. 31, the PNP has officially tallied 929 suspects killed in police antinarcotics operations since July 1. But the tally for drugs suspects killed by unidentified gunmen usually marked by cardboard signages identifying them as drugs personalities tend to be more indeterminate, precisely because the perpetrators and their motives are officially unknown.” [PDI, Sep. 3, 2016]

During Duterte’s campaign for president he promised to kill 100,000 criminals in his first six months in office.


“Female Assassin: Meet the ruthless hitwoman hired to execute drug dealers for the Filipino president at £330 a time in his bloody crime crackdown,” The Sun (London), Aug. 26, 2016]
[Jonathan Head, “Philippines drugs war: The woman who kills dealers for a living,” BBC, 26 Aug. 26, 2016]
[Jaymee T. Gamil, PNP dismisses BBC story on female assassin,” Phillipine Daily Inquirer (Manila), Sep. 3, 2016]


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Yuri Patricia Sanchez, Colombian Hitwoman - 2016

“The Devil Woman” (La Diabla), regarded as the most dangerous woman in Columbia, is suspected of 14 murders, half of the victims being police officers. Yuri Patricia Sánchez, 22, was arrested Monteria, in Cordoba province on June 5, 2016 and accused of carrying out contract killings, collecting and providing information to extort victims, and hiding weapons used in crimes. She is believed to have been working for the powerful Usuga Clan (also known as Los Urabenos), a gang with 3,000 members and tentacles in neighboring countries. Sanchez attracted the cartel’s attention by participating in street fights, a form of entertainment for cartel bosses. She was recruited for the Two Cobras gang, part of Usuga Clan. [Robert St. Estephe]


[Chris Summers, “'Devil Woman' arrested in Colombia: Cops detain 22-year-old assassin who they believe carried out 14 contract killings,” Mailonline, Jun. 11, 2016]
[Video: Cayó ‘la Diabla’ del Clan Úsuga en Córdoba,” 5 de Junio de 2016 (1:10 PM),]




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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Hitwomen: Female Serial Killer Assassins

1980 – Blanche Wright – New York, New York, USA
Organized crime related. 

1992 – Martina Johnson – Monrovia, Liberia
Crimes against humanity; assassinations.

2011 – Nancy Manriquez Quintanar – Ecatepec, Mexico
“La Flaca” (#1). Drug cartel related. Los Zetas. 25 when arrested. 9 (at least) murders. Accomplice of shooter.

2011 – Verónica Mireya Moreno Carreon – San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, Mexico
“La Flaca” (#2). Drug cartel related.Los Zetas. Multiple murders.

2012 – Maria Guadalupe Jimenez Lopez – Mexico
“La Tosca.” Drug cartel related. Los Zetas. 26 when arrested.

2013 – Samantha Lewthwaite – Kenya & England
Islamic terror related.

2014 – Claudia Ochoa Felix – Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
“La Emperatriz de Los Ántrax” Drug cartel related. Los Ántrax, enforcer branch of Sinaloa Cartel. Still at large.

2015 – Joselyn Alejandra Nino (Niño) – Lauro Villar, Matamoros, Mexico
“La Flaca” (#3). Drug cartel related. Los Ciclones. Murdered by rival gang.

2015 – Melissa Margarita Calderón Ojeda – Bellavista, Baja California Sur, Mexico
“La China.” Drug cartel related. Los Ántrax, enforcer branch of Sinaloa Cartel. 30 when arrested.

2016 – Juana “La Peque Sicaria” – Baja California, Mexico
“La Peque Sicaria.” Drug cartel related. Los Zetas. 28 when arrested.

2016 – “Maria” (Filipino Hitwoman) – Phillipines
Government covert activities related.

2016 – Yuri Patricia Sanchez Monteria, Cordoba province, Colombia
“La Diabla.” Drug cartel related. Usuga Clan (also known as Los Urabenos). 22 when arrested.


Joselyn Alejandra Niño, Cartel Assassin – Mexico, 2015

There have been three female Mexican cartel assassins (sicarias) nicknamed La Flaca (or La Flaka), a moniker associated with the Santeria figure, Santa Muerte, a female spirit of death popular with cartels.

Joselyn Alejandra Niño is the third sicaria (assassin) to be known by the nickname La Flaca (The Skinny One), the others being Veronica Mireya Moreno Carreon of San Nicolas de los Garza and Nancy Manriquez Quintanar of Ecatepec.

Police believe Joselyn Alejandra Niño belonged to a faction of the Gulf Cartel called Los Ciclones.

In April 2015 her dismembered remains were found in a beer cooler stowed in an abandoned truck left in a parking lot in Lauro Villar, Matamoros. Two other bodies were in the truck. The killers posted a photo of the corpses on Twitter with the warning: "It will happen to all the filthy who want to support Cyclones.”

Andrew Chesnut, professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, and author of a book on the cult of Santa Muerte and its link to drug cartels, has stated that:

“Since 2007, when former president Felipe Calderón escalated the drug war, there has been a phenomenal growth in female assassins or ‘sicarias’, who can often operate more stealthily than their male counterparts. Many, like Joselyn, are recruited by the cartels for their girlish good looks. The idea being that rival syndicates and law enforcement wouldn't imagine that a waifish 'skinny girl' would be a contract killer.

[Robert St. Estephe]


[Ludovica Iaccino, “Mexico's drug cartels: Female assassin 'La Flaca' killed and stuffed in beer cooler by rival gang,” International Business Times (UK), Apr. 20, 2015]



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